Japanese restaurant first in the world to accept cryptocurrency

Belgian beer store allows customers to order food and drinks with XEM
28 February 2018   2544

NEM's native token XEM got an interesting use case. Tokyo-based Belgian beer and traditional food store St. Arnould accepts XEM is a legitimate payment. The owner of the store runs the business for 8 years already, and the last 2 of them - dealing with the cryptocurrency. It all started with an occasional customer who offered to pay with XEM. The owner, Mr. Yousuke Sato got curious and allowed the transaction.

I became interested in virtual currencies about five years ago and began tweeting about them. I thought it would be interesting to accept payment in a virtual currency, so I said yes.


Yousuke Sato

Restaurant owner

Since then, the restaurant has gained an enormous popularity among virtual currency adepts and was largely accepted as the first such restaurant in the world. Even though recent hack of CoinCheck has severely damaged the reputation of NEM, it didn't affect the popularity of the restaurant in the slightest.

The market for virtual currency is still young so it’s only natural that it has become a target of speculation, but I think it has potential as a currency that is not restricted by country. I think it’s too early to say what will happen to virtual currencies in the future.


Yousuke Sato

Restaurant owner

Japan has already become a trending place for the virtual currencies as means of payment. In Tokyo alone there are an electronic retail franchise Yamada Denki, BBQ restaurant Nikugatou, sushi restaurant Numazuko. In Nagoya there is a hair salon Hair Grande Seeek.

Unibright and NEM to Join Forces

Result of the partnership should be the creation of the possibility of generating NEM-oriented code in the Unibright framework
09 August 2018   263

The platform for integrating the blockchain into the business processes Unibright and the NEM Foundation announced a strategic partnership.

Representatives of the team Unibright said that the result of the partnership should be the creation of the possibility of generating NEM-oriented code in the Unibright framework and joining Unibright to the NEMsp service partnership program.

In addition, the partnership suggests:

  • adding NEM as a target of Unibrights automatic blockchain code generation
  • adding NEM adapters to Unibright’s integration plattform to connect NEM architectures to existing IT landscapes
  • qualifying Unibright as an official NEM Service Partner by training and certification through the Global NEMsp Network.
  • working together on common customer projects, case studies and proof of concepts with industry partners and clients

The NEMsp Network is a scalable and repeatable program designed to expedite the adoption of NEM globally while creating value for our partners. Companies won’t need to have any internal technical staff to be able to build on the NEM Blockchain because a project can be completely developed and deployed by a NEMsp. Unibright puts that development on an even higher level by generating code automatically, and thus are a perfect fit to the NEMsp network. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Unibright.

Kristof Van de Rek

Interim President, NEM.io

Unibright already cooperates with Lufthansa.